23 Sep 2016
Growing up is a challenging task full of great achievements and missteps. Sometimes it is not clear what the best course of action might be, but people around us – parents and teachers – help by...
Type: News Article
23 Sep 2016
Children with ADHD seem more sensitive to repeated experiences of failure
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Twelve speakers are placed around the mouse. The speakers generate sound based on the movement of the mouse running on the spherical treadmill (left). When the mouse reaches the virtual sound source it will get a droplet of sugar water as a reward.
20 Sep 2016
The research team of Dr. Akihiro Funamizu, Prof. Bernd Kuhn, and Prof. Kenji Doya from OIST built a virtual reality system in which a mouse can be made to believe it was walking around freely,...
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Probabilistic neural decoding allows for the estimation of the goal distance from neuronal activity imaged from the parietal cortex. Neurons could predict the goal distance even during sound omissions. The prediction became more accurate when sound was given. These results suggest that the parietal cortex predicts the goal distance from movement and updates the prediction with sensory inputs, in the same way as dynamic Bayesian inference.
20 Sep 2016
Probabilistic neural decoding allows for the estimation of the goal distance from neuronal activity imaged from the parietal cortex. Neurons could predict the goal distance even during sound...
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20 Sep 2016
  Suppose you woke up in your bedroom with the lights off and wanted to get out. While heading toward the door with your arms out, you would predict the distance to the door based on your memory...
Type: Press release
Mice are eager to find the virtual sound source to get the sugar water reward. When the mice get closer to the goal, they increase licking in expectation of the sugar water reward. They increased licking when the sound is on but also when the sound is omitted. This result suggests that mice estimate the goal distance by taking their own movement into account.
20 Sep 2016
In a collaboration of the Neural Computation Unit and the Optical Neuroimaging Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Dr. Akihiro Funamizu, Prof. Bernd...
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A depiction of the location of the parietal cortex in a mouse brain can be seen on the left. On the right, neurons in the parietal cortex are imaged using two-photon microscopy.
20 Sep 2016
Dr. Akihiro Funamizu, Prof. Bernd Kuhn, and Prof. Kenji Doya analyzed brain activity in the parietal cortex of mice as they approached a target under interrupted sensory inputs....
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16 Sep 2016
Prof. Bernd Kuhn, Dr. Akihiro Funamizu and Prof. Kenji Doya post in front of lab equipment.
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12 Sep 2016
Zebrafish, Danio rerio (top), and Medaka, Oryzias latipes (bottom) Credit: Dr. Ken Maeda, OIST
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6 Sep 2016
Reliable data are the cornerstones of science: on them it is possible to build the cathedral of knowledge. From this perspective, the preparation of samples from biological material represents a...
Type: News Article
30 Aug 2016
When looking at bacteria, you typically see also flagella: long hairs that protrudes from the bacteria’s body. The key function of the flagella is movement – what scientists call ‘motility’. The...
Type: News Article
Sample Preparation Robot (2)
29 Aug 2016
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